Photos and Videos from The Honor Flight Party in Cedar City Utah June 6th, 2015
Here is a slideshow from the evening
It was such an honor to provide the entertainment for the Honor Flight Party. I bore my testimony today in our Sacrament Meeting and talked about how it was such a blessing to be able to use my singing to serve those who had served our nation. It really does not get much better than that. (OK, OK, I admit, singing lullabies to my babies trumps all singing gigs, but this was definitely a close second.) Our soloist from the Neil Simon Players came down with a nasty chest cold and had to bail at the last minute. I offered some serious prayers on his behalf, but he did not recover fast enough, so I had to step in and sing the final two songs.
I was so nervous about singing Homeward Bound to an accompaniment track that was for a tenor, that I asked my son Jeff to sing it with me. He had about 24 hours to learn it and I think he did a pretty good job. I bawled during the final number, God Bless America, and asked the crowd to help me sing and it was a nice way to end the evening. I was so choked up from seeing all of our vets get off that bus, that to sing was just about all I could do. It was late, I was tired, and I gave it my best shot.
I was a little befuddled by having to play sound tech while singing. That is why I kept holding the phone while I sang. I did not want to finish a song and allow the tracks to end and go into the next song. It was distracting to me, but the crowd was gracious and still managed to applaud despite my wearing several different hats while we performed.
I was so pleased that our Neil Simon Players Alex and Samae Allred joined us for a fifteen minute set and my class from the Kimber Academy danced several dances that I taught during class. It helped to have some variety. I also sang a couple more songs that we did not capture on video. Three little girls holding flags came up and danced around while I sang that set. They were so cute.
Here are the videos either I took myself, or my daughter Shelly taped for me.